What does it take to live a balanced life, in health and fitness and… all? Gosh, that’s one question that has, or rather, had me stumped.
You see, today is the last day for the PATH TO FIT challenge with Whole Foods and Garmin. You can see my personal goal for PATH TO FIT post here. Anyway, for this last week, they asked us to share how we live a balanced life with fitness and healthy eating. I pondered… a lot.
I kind of did the opposite of what most would do for a New Year’s Challenge. I ditched the resolutions and focused on fun activity and flavorful meals. Nothing to really measure.
I focused more time on doing what I LOVE in every day movement.
Hiking, a little yoga, and teaching my weekly strength class. I did NOT ADD anything to my fitness, in fact, I simplified it. I took out the “need to run X many miles per day” mantra and replaced it with “just move, enjoy, and play.”
I did the same with food. I love cooking. I love fueling others (and myself), I love creating flavorful gluten free food. So I focused on nourishing all three, key word here NOURISH. And it felt AMAZING! I wondered… “Is this what it takes to live a balanced life?”
So the question remains…
what does it take to live a balanced life?
Here’s what I have found works for me (us). Which will probably be different from someone else’s “balanced” approach. Hey, we work differently, yes?
Okay, here goes!
- Playing to your strengths –> what you LOVE and brings you JOY. That sticks!
- Recognizing where you are OFF balance and being able to adjust where you need to. Whether that be more rest, more steps, less wine (whoops), more family time, more sleep, more vegetables, more healthy fats, etc.
- Asking for help where you need it AND when you need it. You may be strong, but sometimes that downward pull of an OFF balance life takes an extra hand to get it back up to where you can stand up right. Ya know?
I guess you could say that living a balanced life means always being a little OFF balanced, but working on it, and being okay with being a continuing “work in progress.”
I know I’m okay with that. Progress is good!
So is THRIVING, not STRIVING.
To wrap things up, I’d like to offer ANY of you all (yes, international readers) a chance to win a GARMIN Vivofit and my favorite new Whole Foods Supplement, Mushroom Matrix NRG. I will ship these to whomever, because they are too good not share.
Garmin vívofit has helped me monitor my steps, periods of movement, calories needed each day, and sleep. The Mushroom Matrix NGR has helped me get in my Vitamin D and B Vitamins through organic mushrooms and herbs, infused with natural fruits. NRG Matrix is also great in supporting mental clarity and physical endurance. And yes, I found this at my WHOLE FOODS and fell in love!
Update: The giveaway has ended and the entry form has been removed from this post.
What do you think it takes to live a Balanced Life?
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This post was the last of a series of six posts that I’m doing in partnership with Whole Foods and Garmin to share my #PathToFit this year. The garmin was sent to me for free, but all opinions are my own, always.